Fuerza Transformadora

Ministry to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, gang life and violence

Events in Arkansas

Click on the link above to find upcoming Fuerza Transformadora events in the Diocese of Little Rock, or contact a participating parish to get meeting times. For more information, e-mail Serio Torres, associate director of faith formation, or call him at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434.

Fuerza Transformadora (Transforming Force) is a Catholic movement that was founded in 2006 by Serio Torres, a former gang leader, to reach people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, gang life and violence and help them learn about God and change their lives. Today, there are seven established Fuerza Transformadora programs in Arkansas parishes. See list of programs in Arkansas. This movement helps those who have been marginalized to become leaders. Through training courses and the development of skills and processes, this Spanish-language program helps participants assimilate into society, able to handle responsibility, while retaining their own personality and identity. This ministry is open to teens and adults. | Leer en español.

Catholic Extension Grants

In November 2014, Catholic Extension in Chicago partnered with the Diocese of Little Rock, where Torres has worked since 2010 and currently serves as associate director of the Office of Faith Formation, to provide grants to dioceses throughout the country that want to implement the Fuerza Transformadora ministry in their communities. See Fuerza Transformadora events in ArkansasTo learn how to implement this program in your diocese, visit Catholic ExtensionFor more information, contact Serio Torres, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434.

Board of Directors

Director: Serio Torres (479) 899-3083
General Coordinator: Ignacio Mata (479) 283-8066
Training Director: Felipe Hernandez (479) 966-2972
Secretary: Rosalinda Barroso (479) 616-0519
Treasurer: Anna Salas (501) 339-6227
Spiritual Advisor: Deacon Juan Mares


Fuerza Transformadora programs can be found in the following parishes in Arkansas.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rogers

Meeting Days: Mondays and Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Gela M. Garduño (479) 544-1760

St. Raphael Church, Springdale

Meeting Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Javier Hernandez (479) 365-9489

St. Theresa Church, Little Rock

Meeting Day: Tuesdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Anna Salas (501) 339-6227

St. Edward Church, Texarkana

Meeting Day: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Araceli Martinez (903) 691-5081

St. Barbara Church, De Queen

Meeting Day: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Miguel Tellez (870) 279-2130

Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Hope

Meeting Day: Fridays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Criselda Cortez (870) 826-4663

St. Joseph Church, Conway

Meeting Day: Mondays, 7 - 9 p.m.
Contact: Rigoberto Garcia (501) 392-2201